Best New Movies on Netflix This Week: April 2-3, 2022

The Rental is now on Netflix – Picture: IFC Films

Welcome to one of the best roundups of the best new movies on Netflix that we’ve been able to compile in quite some time. Thanks to the rotation of first month movies and great content from Netflix, there are plenty of movies to dig into over the weekend. Here’s our pick of the best new movies on Netflix for April 2, 2022.

Sixty-nine new movies and shows arrived on Netflix on April 1, 2022, in case you missed it. There’s plenty to watch, so if you want the full text list, visit our roundup, or for a full rundown of what’s new on Netflix, head over to our hub page.

The list of last week’s best new movies is worth checking out if there’s nothing for you here in this list.

Now, without further ado, here are our favorite new movies on Netflix (especially in the US – regional availability varies) for the weekend of April 2, 2022.

His (2013)

Kind: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Director: Spike Jonze
To throw: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Writer: Spike Jonze
Duration: 126 minutes
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 83 wins and 186 nominations in total

We’ll kick off our recommendations with an Oscar winner in the form of Her from 2013.

The Warner Brothers sci-fi film is quite unlike anything you’ll see and is a film about the well-known Turing test without explicitly mentioning it.

Set in Los Angeles, the film follows a mapmaker who begins to develop a romantic relationship with a rapidly evolving artificial intelligence operating system.


Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in the Space Age (2022)

Kind: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Director: Richard Linklater
To throw: Zachary Levi, Jack Black, Glen Powell
Writer: Richard Linklater
Duration: 97 minutes

Netflix had two major movie releases this week and while The Bubble sucked up the majority of the press, Apollo 10 1/2 will perhaps become one of Netflix’s most prized hidden gems.

Achieve a certified fresh note on rotten tomatoesthe hybrid animated series sees a man recount his life as a 10-year-old growing up and watching humanity’s journey to the moon.

Here is the critical consensus for the new film:

“Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, sweet and nostalgic, shows Richard Linklater reusing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal and freshly inspired way.”


Michael Clayton (2007)

Kind: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Tony Gilroy
To throw: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Duration: 119 minutes
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 28 wins and 114 nominations in total

Tilda Swinton won an Oscar for her supporting performance in this legal thriller which is another addition from Warner Brothers this week.

Written and directed by Gilroy, this hard-hitting and poignant film follows a lawyer who uncovers the criminal cover-up that occurred during an investigation into the effects of toxic agrochemicals.

It scored an NYT Critic’s Pick upon release and returns to Netflix on April 1 after last airing in 2018.


The imitation game (2014)

Kind: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Director: Morten Tyldum
To throw: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Writer: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges
Duration: 114 minutes
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 49 wins and 165 nominations in total

Coming to Netflix last Monday, we see The Imitation Game return to Netflix US and if you haven’t caught it yet, definitely take the time to put it back on the service.

Cumberbatch puts on a stunning performance as the aforementioned Turing who, alongside a team of mathematicians, managed to crack the enigma’s elusive code during World War II.


Location (2020)

Kind: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: David Franco
To throw: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand
Writer: Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demsky
Duration: 88 minutes
Awards: 5 applications

Our final pick for this week is a brand new movie that hasn’t appeared on Netflix before. Released by IFC Films, this mystery horror flick seems to really be splitting audiences down the middle. We’ve seen absolutely rave reviews and some that don’t take the film into account at all. As a result, it’s a compelling watch to see which side of the fence you’re sitting on.

Here’s what you can expect if you decide to give it a spin:

“A dreamy weekend getaway to a beautiful, secluded seaside rental takes a nightmarish turn for two couples when their secrets emerge and fear sets in.”

What was your favorite new movie on Netflix US this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Alfonso E. Cramer